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Out of time
Gansky, Alton.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, [2003]

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347 pages ; 21 cm.
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The fog released more of the ship. As he watched the bow slowly emerge, Stanton saw something that made his gut twist. "This can't be." Stanton stared at the gray-white battleship. "It's a Dreadnought."But that kind of ship ceased sailing three-quarters of a century ago.It starts as a trip to help five troubled teens, courtesy of a new Navy youth program. With retired submarine commander J.D. Stanton serving as captain and two young naval officers heading the expedition, the state-of-the-art catamaran leaves port. It's a routine voyage . . . until a mysterious storm pulls Stanton and his crew into an eerie world of swirling mist and silence. There is no sun, no moon or stars, no way to take a bearing. Electrical appliances fail. The diesel engine is sullen and unresponsive. And then, out of the mist, a ship slowly appears--H.M.S. Archer, a pre-WW1 Dreadnought.A ship missing since 1913.The antique vessel holds disturbing surprises: a ghostly crew . . . evidence of a mass murder . . . and a thousand questions. Now J.D. Stanton and his untried team must discover the answers--before this ship out of time leads them to their destruction.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This well-paced Christian mystery features strong writing, an original plot and ambitious use of time travel and theoretical physics. Captain J.D. Stanton (featured in two previous Gansky thrillers) brings five troubled teenagers on a weeklong sailing expedition to learn values and, he hopes, a bit about Christian faith. A terrible squall disrupts their trip and leaves them "dead in the water" (without electricity or communications); then a 1907 battleship, uninhabited and seemingly untouched by time, appears out of the fog. One of the teens must overcome his own pain and bitterness to save the ghost ship from being destroyed and save his companions as well. Gansky is a skilled writer, and readers who are interested in naval history will enjoy this unusual maritime suspense novel. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved